Caring for a Family Member That’s Been Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis

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Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a neurological disease that causes the body’s immune system to abnormally attack the covering of the nerve cells, called myelin. This causes scarring and decreases the nerves’ ability to transmit signals properly. The progression of Multiple Sclerosis is based on 4 different types of aggressiveness. 

 

Multiple Sclerosis is categorized by bouts of activity, with periods of minimal to no activity, depending on the different type of MS you may be suffering from. Symptoms can vary person to person dramatically, as different parts of the brain, spinal cord, or peripheral nerves are affected, making no two cases alike. 

 

Common symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis include: 

 

  • Fatigue.
  • Numbness or tingling in the face, body, or extremities.
  • Weakness.
  • Dizziness or vertigo.
  • Pain.
  • Walking difficulties.
  • Loss of balance.
  • Bladder and bowel problems.
  • Emotional/cognitive changes.

 

Multiple Sclerosis requires a multidisciplinary approach with medical and rehabilitation management. The goal of helping Multiple Sclerosis  is to decrease the severity of symptoms, make adaptive changes, both physically and in the patient’s lifestyle, and to cope with the progression of the disease. Fatigue management and temperature management are critical components of managing MS.

 

If you have a family member who has been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, physical therapy can help. Contact (practice name) today to find out how our advanced and effective treatments can help your loved one can regain some independence. 

 

How does physical therapy help with Multiple Sclerosis?

 

The rehabilitation process is critical to those suffering from Multiple Sclerosis. Physical therapy helps to address weakness, range of motion loss, balance issues, transfers, and walking. Physical therapy can help significantly in improving function and independence in a person living with Multiple Sclerosis. In addition, our physical therapists can help you with improving walking, balance, and safety with daily movements. Furthermore, as needs change, we will be with your family member every step of the way to teach them how to use assistive equipment, such as canes and other devices.

 

Occupational therapy works closely with patients who have Multiple Sclerosis to help improve their quality of life. Occupational therapists evaluate the function and use of the hands and upper extremities. Furthermore, we help can help your family member evaluate the needs for adaptive techniques and equipment for work and everyday life activities. Occupational therapy can make a big difference in your quality of life. 

 

Speech therapy may be required with changes that can occur in speech, swallowing, or cognitive changes. Speech therapy is important if these symptoms are present to promote safety with eating, drinking, improving speech communication, and helping with cognitive tasks.

 

Contact Therapy Choice today:

 

We know how challenging Multiple Sclerosis can be. At Therapy Choice, our main goal is to help your loved one keep as much of their function and independence as possible. We want to help them progress and reach new goals throughout their physical therapy journey.

 

If you have a loved one who is living with MS, don’t hesitate to contact Therapy Choice in Philadelphia, PA, today. We’ll set up the best treatment plan for your family member’s needs.

 

Therapy Choice provides in-home physical & occupational therapy services to patients located in Philadelphia, and surrounding areas of Bucks County & Delaware, PA.